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02-04-2021, 09:56 PM   #991
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Mountain Charlie was a personality in the Los Gatos mountains of California, and the first white settler in the area after coming to California as part of the gold rush. He fought a bear while hunting, resulting in a temporary metal plate in his head. He later was a toll collector for roads he built in the area, but his first toll road fare was the "poor" circus on its way to Santa Cruz to perform. During a stand off with the owners, he was threatened by their two circus elephants, and let the circus proceed. He started a pack train carrying supplies to the Trinity County mines, but on his second trip, Indians stampeded his train, and he was lucky to escape alive. In 1862, he married Barbara Kelly, the Irish nurse who cared for him after his third skull operation, and they had seven children. In the 1870s, McKiernan started a successful stagecoach business. Barbara cooked meals for the stagecoach passengers while Charlie helped change horses on the wagons. After the new railroad diverted the toll road's business, Charles and Barbara moved to San Jose in 1884.


Dr. Townsend came to California in 1844 as a member of the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party, which was the first to cross the Sierra Nevada mountains following the Truckee River, the route where the Donner Party became snowed-in two years later. Arriving during Civil War in California, Townsend volunteered to serve under Capt. John Sutter backing Mexican Governor of California Manuel Micheltorena against the forces of former governor Juan Bautista Alvarado and Gen. José Castro. Afterward, he moved to San Francisco and in April 1848 he was appointed to serve as the 4th American Alcalde, or Mayor. In September 1848, he left for the Gold Rush. He was the first licensed doctor in California, and living in San Jose at the outbreak of the 1850 cholera epidemic. He and his wife helped treat victims until both were killed by the disease in December of 1850.


Paul Masson was an early pioneer of California grapevine growing and popularized Californian sparkling wine. Masson came to the US from the Burgundy region of France in 1878. He met Charles Lefranc, owner of the Almaden vineyard and wine company, and after returning to France to finish school, Masson came back to San Jose as the winemaker at Almaden. After Lefranc's death, Paul purchased 573 acres in Saratoga, which he originally named La Cresta, then the Paul Masson Champagne Company, now known as The Mountain Winery. In 1892, Masson's first sparkling wine under the name "champagne" was introduced at Almaden, and Masson eventually became known as the "Champagne King of California" after winning at the Paris Expo in 1900. He was appointed to California's Board of State Viticultural Commissioners in 1913.



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02-12-2021, 06:16 PM   #992
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Kathleen Robinson is erroneously listed on several webpages as a victim of the Hillside Strangler (actually two cousins) in 1977. She was a highschool student living in Hollywood, and was a frequent hitch-hiker. She was last seen alive near the beach in Santa Monica. She was found strangled the next day in a parkway in the Los Angeles Wilshire area.


A photo of the leader of the police task force with images of (at the time 11, growing to 13) murder victims thought be connected, shows Kathleen pictured at the top right. However, there are eventually only 10 named victims, excluding Kathleen, on most websites about the murders. She became unconnected with the HS murders for several reasons at odds with the other victims: She was found clothed, she was found in a relatively flat business area, and she was not raped.


In 1978, a man named Peter Mark Jones was arrested under full close-up news coverage for her murder but released after a few days in 1978. Regardless, he lost his job, and his house was vandalized, etc. He went on to sue the TV station for defamation of character, got a public apology from LAPD chief Darryl Gates, and wrote about media scrutiny ("look inside" about 1/2 way down here Amazon.com: Surviving America: Life is tough enough without LEGAL INJUSTICE ! eBook: Jones, P.M., Williams, Jack: Kindle Store , for info about his arrest) and offered a $10,000 reward for info about Kathleen's killer. He also appeared on the Sally Jessy Raphael Show with the lawyers for wrongly-accused Atlanta Olympics bombing suspect Richard Jewell to discuss passing a "no names" law to protect people from unwarranted media attention. As of 1995, Kathleen's murder is listed as unsolved.

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Walter Auble moved from Missouri to California after his father died and started working for the LA Police Department. In July 1903, Auble was promoted to captain, in charge of the patrol department, and his activities were often reported in the newspapers. In June 1904, Auble was investigating a major gambling operation in Chinatown and stationed several officers nearby, then climbed to the roof of the building and observed the gambling operation through a skylight. He removed a metal screen and crashed through the skylight. When the gamblers ran for the exits, the waiting officers moved in, and 35 men were arrested. Auble's work enforcing the city’s liquor ordinances riled the Retail Liquor Dealers' Association, which accused the captain of "unwarranted interference with our business," and demanded his resignation. Members of the group complained about hefty fines and lost licenses due to Auble's strict enforcement of the law. However, he had the support of the department and was appointed to be chief of police after the current chief retired.


In early September 1908, the owner of a boarding house contacted the police department to report the suspicious activities of two of her tenants, Carl Sutherland, and Frederick Horning. Auble and another officer went to the boarding house, hid in an adjoining room, and listened to the conversations of the two men and learned that they were planning a series of burglaries. On the morning of Sept. 9, 1908, Auble and Flammer followed Sutherland and Horning as they walked along 9th Street. Auble decided he would arrest Sutherland, and Flammer would arrest Horning. In the struggle, Auble was shot and Flammer found him on his knees and leaning forward, while Sutherland was running away. He died at a hospital about 6 hours later. At the time, he was the highest-ranking officer killed in the line of duty in Los Angeles, and also the longest-serving member of the LAPD with 21 years on the force, and was the third LAPD officer to be killed. Officers eventually tracked down Sutherland as he approached a friend's house through an open field, and he appeared to be holding a gun in his right hand. Realizing he was surrounded, Sutherland dropped his gun and raised his right arm over his head, then quickly raised a small bottle of cyanide to his mouth, drank it, then raised his left arm over his head. Sutherland said, "Well, I guess you've got me, boys." Sutherland was placed in handcuffs and walked a few feet with the officers before he collapsed, then died on the way to the hospital.


Auble's funeral was held on Sept. 12, 1908, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, which was filled to capacity with more than 3,000 additional mourners gathered outside. In addition to city officials, civic and business leaders, and members of the LAPD, representatives of police departments from around the area, from San Diego to Oakland, attended the service. A procession of 21 cars traveled to Inglewood Park Cemetery for the burial. In May 2014, the LAPD unveiled a series of memorial street signs, one for each of the more than 200 officers who have died in the line of duty, posted at or near the locations where each of the officers were killed. Auble's sign is located on the east side of Grand Avenue, just south of 9th Street (possibly now removed).


Here is a great page of 1908 newspaper articles and diagrams
about Auble, his shooting, funeral and other bits.
https://web.archive.org/web/20080217044150/http://www.ulwaf.com/LA-1900s/Spe...ice/Auble.html

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William Paxton was an actor and director. He appeared in Stripes, The Terminator, Commando, Weird Science, Aliens, Near Dark, Predator 2, Tombstone, True Lies, Apollo 13, Twister, Titanic, Mighty Joe Young, U-571, Vertical Limit, Frailty (which he also directed), Broken Lizard's Club Dread, Thunderbirds, Edge of Tomorrow, and Nightcrawler. He starred in the HBO Big Love (2006–2011) and earned three Golden Globe Award nominations. He was nominated for an Emmy and a Screen Actors Award for the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, and in the TV's Training Day. His final film appearance was in The Circle, released two months after his death. In 1982, Paxton and his friend, Andrew Todd Rosenthal, formed a new wave musical band called Martini Ranch and released its only full-length album, Holy Cow, in 1988.


Dorothy Jacqueline Keely, known as Keely Smith, was a jazz and popular music singer. When Smith was 11 years old, she sang as a cast member of The Joe Brown Radio Gang program. At age 14, Smith sang with a naval air station band led by Saxie Dowell, and at 15, she got her first paying job with the Earl Bennett band. She performed and recorded extensively in the 1950s with then-husband Louis Prima. They won a Grammy in 1959 for "That Old Black Magic". She performed solo throughout the 1960s. Her first big solo hit was "I Wish You Love" in 1957 which earned a Grammy nomination, and in 2008 she performed a duet with Kid Rock of “That Old Black Magic” during the 50th Grammy Awards. She has stars on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Scott Wilson, born William Delano Wilson, was an actor with over 50 film credits. His debut was in In the Heat of the Night, followed by his best role co-starring with Robert Blake as a murderer in In Cold Blood. Other movies include The Great Gatsby, Dead Man Walking, Pearl Harbor, The Right Stuff, and Junebug. In 1980, Wilson received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in The Ninth Configuration. He played veterinarian Hershel Greene on TV's The Walking Dead series. He had a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as casino mogul Sam Braun, and a lead role on The OA as Abel Johnson.


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After the attack of Pearl Harbor, throughout early 1942, US west coast residents repeatedly received warnings of incoming Japanese attacks.




Air-raid sirens blared, military fighters and bombers took to the skies, civil defense teams enforced blackout rules, and anti-aircraft guns opened fire on real or imagined targets.

Real. An attack by a single Japanese submarine on the Elwood oil field north Santa Barbara resulted in minimal damage, but this event was key in triggering the West Coast invasion scare and influenced the decision to intern Japanese-Americans a week later. It also was the first shelling of the mainland during the war.

Real?


Imagined. The next night, this one caused 3 traffic fatalities, 2 heart attacks, and minor ground-based damage from falling shrapnel.


An anticipated attack on San Francisco never materialized.


Like most people in the US West Coast, Derwin Lyon was concerned about an enemy attack, and took steps to protect his home and family. Nearly every room of the Lyon home was equipped with a fire extinguisher, and as Lyon was particularly concerned about a poison gas attack, he modified one bedroom so it could be sealed off from outside air. He brought two tanks of compressed air and one tank of oxygen home from work to be used in the air-tight chamber. The family conducted regular rehearsal drills, so they would know exactly what to do, and to test the system. They would gather in the modified room, seal off the windows and doors, and Lyon would turn on the air and oxygen tanks. After a few minutes, he would turn off the tanks and open a window, then strike a match to see if the air was clear. On the evening of June 23, 1942, Derwin decided to hold a longer drill of about 15 minutes. As he had done previously, Lyon turned off the tanks, opened a window and struck a match which caused a huge explosion heard by neighbors blocks from the house, and set the house on fire. The youngest daughter who had polio was found in a closet in the bedroom, wrapped in a blanket she apparently used to try to smother the flames. The other five members of the family were taken to a nearby hospital with severe burns and other injuries. Derwin, wife Lena, a daughter and son all died the next day, and the second daughter died a day later. The second son was asleep in another room at the time of the fire and was the only survivor.



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Frank Inn, born Elias Franklin Freeman was an animal trainer including the dogs in the Thin Man and Benji movies, the cat Orangey in The Incredible Shrinking Man, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Diary of Anne Frank, and Arnold the pig from Green Acres. After his wife's death, Inn retired and devoted his time to writing poetry, creating a museum of memorabilia from his long career, and training a new generation of animal wranglers. Rumor has it the ashes from some of his pets are buried with him, though it is illegal at Forest Lawn...


As Yvonne Howell, Julia Rose Shevlin was a "bathing beauty" for Mack Sennett in the 1920s and had supporting roles in a few films including the drama Fashions for Women (1927), and the western Somewhere in Sonora (1927) opposite cowboy star Ken Maynard. In 1930, she became the first wife of then cameraman George Stevens, later an oscar-winning film director. Their son, George Stevens, Jr., was founding director of the American Film Institute. After her film career ended, she was a nurse's aide in California during WWII and later served as a volunteer tutor.


Bob Hastings was a radio, film, and TV character actor and provided voices for cartoons. His best-known role was of annoying suck-up Lt. Elroy Carpenter, on McHale's Navy. After serving in WWII as a navigator on B-29s, he played Archie Andrews in a radio series based on the Archie comic from 1945-53. His first recurring TV role was as a lieutenant on Sergeant Bilko in the late 1950s. He appeared 5 times on Dennis the Menace. Hastings' movies include Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady?, The Bamboo Saucer, Angel in My Pocket, The Love God?, The Boatniks, How to Frame a Figg, The Poseidon Adventure, The All-American Boy, No Deposit No Return, and Harper Valley PTA.

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Arthur Gardner was a producer of The Monster That Challenged the World, Law of the Plainsman, The Detectives, Clambake, The Big Valley, The Kansas City Bomber, and most notably, TV’s The Rifleman. He had 24 acting credits including Assassin of Youth (1938) and All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).


Born Monte Halparin in Canada, he majored in chemistry and zoology and wanted to go to medical school, but was not admitted due to secret quotas restricting Jewish students. Instead, Hall went into radio, hosting and producing a number of programs. Hall moved to NYC in 1955, eventually hosting game shows including Bingo at Home, and was involved in two local film shows for children. From 1956-60, Hall co-hosted a segment of NBC's Monitor. During 1959-60, he was a radio analyst for NY Rangers hockey. More game shows followed, and Hall hosted Let's Make a Deal, which he developed and produced with partner Stefan Hatos. In 1979, Hall appeared on Password Plus as a contestant, and he had a few TV and movie roles. He helped raise close to $1 billion for charity, and has stars on Walks of Fame in the US and Canada.


Paul Kohner was a Czech-American producer in the 1920's and '30s. He started a talent agency in 1938 and represented Ingmar Bergman, Maurice Chevalier, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, John Huston, Liv Ullmann and Billy Wilder. He was married to Mexican-American actress Lupita Tovar, who starred in the Spanish-language version of 1931's Dracula, of which he was associate-producer. Daughter Susan was oscar nominated for 1959's Imitation of Life, and grandsons Chris and Paul Weitz are directors, including 1999's American Pie.

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Norman Jay Rambo, known as Dack Rambo, was an actor, notably as Walter Brennan’s grandson Jeff on TV’s The Guns of Will Sonnett, Steve Jacobi on All My Children, cousin Jack Ewing on Dallas, and Grant Harrison on Another World. He quit Another World and retired after learning he was HIV positive. He has a new grave marker, plainer style in white on black, after this one.



Dack's twin brother Orman Ray Rambo, as Dirk Rambo, acted in 19 episodes of The New Loretta Young Show, The Virginian, and an episode of Dragnet which aired just 9 days after he died from a fiery auto accident in Hollywood. The other driver was actress Kathleen Case, who survived and had felony drunk driving and manslaughter charges dismissed two months later.



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Born Elizabeth Barry Scale, Bessie Barriscale was a silent-film and stage actress, and a major star for producer Thomas Ince in the late 1910s. Her last role was as a maid in The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934). In 1922, actor Jackie Coogan and his parents purchased her home in Pellisier Square, Los Angeles, valued at $45,000. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Howard Hickman was an actor, director and writer. Hickman directed 19 films and co-starred with his wife, actress Bessie Barriscale, in several productions before returning to the theater. He made a brief appearance as plantation owner John Wilkes, father of Ashley Wilkes, in Gone with the Wind (1939).


Ernie Nevers played football and baseball, and was a football coach. Nevers played four sports for Stanford University and was an All-American in football in 1925. He played pro football for the Duluth Eskimos in 1926 and 1927, and the Chicago Cardinals from 1929-31. In 1929, he set an NFL record that still stands by scoring 40 points in a single game. Nevers also pitched for the St. Louis Browns 1926-28 and the Mission Bells 1928-29. Nevers coached for a few years, always with very losing records, going 1-8 at Lafayette College, 2-13-1 at the Univ of Iowa, and 1-10 with the Chicago Cardinals. He is in both the college and pro Football Hall of Fame.

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William Grace was a master candy maker in the 1920s and 30s. He bought a San Pedro CA candy store for his wife, Grace, for her 30th birthday in 1944. It quickly expanded and they began selling Helen Grace ice cream and candy all over. Helen Grace Chocolates has helped groups raise more than $300 million since then.


Bessie was a dentist in 1900, then studied music in France, where she married François Raiche. They moved to New York and built biplanes in their house and yard. In 1910, Bessie made the first accredited solo airplane flight by a woman in the US. Blanche Stuart Scott had accidentally briefly flown earlier the same month while practicing taxiing but her flight was less documented and arguably not intentional. Raiche said: "Blanche deserved the recognition, but I got more attention because of my lifestyle. I drove an automobile, was active in sports like shooting and swimming, and I even wore riding pants and knickers. People who did not know me or understand me looked down on this behavior. I was an accomplished musician, painter and linguist, I enjoyed life, and just wanted to be myself." The Raiches made two more airplanes as the French-American Aeroplane Company. Declining health made Bessie give up flying, and by 1920, the Raiches were living in So Cal, where Bessica was one of the first women specialists in obstetrics and gynecology in the US. In 1923, Bessica was president of the Orange Co Medical Association.


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Eva Barbara Novak was a film actress, popular during the silent film era. Novak began as a Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty in 1917's Roped into Scandal, plus seven more films that year. She was in 17 films in 1918, and eight in 1919. In 1920, she starred opposite Tom Mix in The Daredevil, one of six films she had that year, and one of 10 films starring opposite Tom Mix. Novak was interested in doing her own stunts, having been taught by Mix. From 1921-28, she was in 48 films, including an early version of Boston Blackie, The Medicine Man (1930) Jack Benny, and in the 1922 film Chasing the Moon, which was an early forerunner of the 1950s film D.O.A. In 1921, she married stuntman William Reed, after meeting on location. They had two children, Vivian and Pamela. In the late 1920s, they moved to Australia, where she made numerous films, including The Romance of Runnibede. Her popularity faded with incoming talkies, though she would continue to act until 1965, mostly in obscure roles.

Jane Novak, born Johana Barbara Novak, was an actress in silent films. She and a friend ran away from a convent school and created a vaudeville act. She began acting in movies in 1913 after she was invited to Hollywood by her aunt, actress Anne Schafer. She met Frank Newburg, who was a leading actor and co-worker with Anne, and they married in 1915 but divorced in 1918. She played opposite Wallace Beery, Tom Mix, Hobart Bosworth, Alan Hale, Thomas Moore, and Lewis Stone. She made five movies with Western star William S Hart, and they were engaged but never married. By March 1922 she had her own company and earning $1,500 per week. Novak's last starring role was opposite Richard Dix in the Technicolor production Redskin (1929). Novak made only a handful of talkies, including World War II era The Yanks Are Coming featuring Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom. She also was in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent in 1940. Novak's last appearance was in 1988 for the documentary, Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius. In 1974, she published a cookbook, Treasury of Chicken Cooking, which is a collection of 300 of her own recipes.


Italian-American Jay Novello began acting on radio, sometimes using various accents. He played Lieutenant Sam Sabaaya on Rocky Jordan, Jamison the butler on Lone Wolf, Judge Glenn Hunter on One Man's Family, and Mr. Negley, the mailman on My Favorite Husband. On film, his roles included pompous or fussy professionals, and assorted ethnic characters. Credits include the Spanish consul in Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, The Pride and the Passion, and What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?. Novello's first TV role was on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show in 1951. He was on I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Bat Masterson, The Donna Reed Show, The Real McCoys, and six episodes of 77 Sunset Strip. On The Andy Griffith Show, he played a thief who gets the Key to the City. He was on McHale's Navy seven times as Mario Lugatto of Volta Fiore, Italy. On Perry Mason, he played a pompous coin collector. He was also on 12 O'Clock High, Combat!, and The Rat Patrol.

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Joe Cobb auditioned for Hal Roach's Our Gang comedy series at the age of five, and subsequently appeared in 86 episodes 1922 to 1929. He also made three cameo appearances during the 1930s, in Fish Hooky (1933), Pay as You Exit (1936), and Reunion in Rhythm (1937). After his acting career ended following 1941's Tuxedo Junction, Cobb became an assembler for North American Aviation.


Sybil Seely was a silent film actress. She acted in her first film, Hearts and Flowers at the age of 17. She is known to have appeared in 21 films, some opposite Buster Keaton. She was credited in most of her films as Sibye Trevilla. In 1920, she married screenwriter Jules Furthman and they had a son in 1921. In 1922, she retired from acting after her last film, "The Frozen North".


Jack Pierce, born Janus Piccoula, was a Hollywood makeup artist. After coming to the US from Greece, Pierce tried several careers, including baseball. Pierce worked as cinema manager, stuntman, actor, and assistant director. Not a leading man-type of actor, he changed his career to do makeup for other performers. Pierce was eventually hired by Universal, and did makeup for Lon Chaney. For Dracula (1931), Pierce designed a special color greasepaint for Bela Lugosi who insisted on applying his own makeup. Pierce also did makeup for Frankenstein (1931), White Zombie, The Mummy, and The Wolfman. Jack was eventually replaced as department head by Bud Westmore. Pierce's last work was on TV's Mister Ed from 1961-1964. On November 20, 1957, Jack and Boris Karloff appeared on the celebrity biography program This is Your Life. In 2003, Pierce was recognized with a lifetime achievement award from the Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild, and in May 2013, Cinema Makeup School in LA dedicated a memorial gallery in his honor.
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Margaret Early was an actress during the 1930s and 1940s. As a child, she often was in plays at church. While in Hollywood on her father's business trip, she was asked to try out for a role in a Little Theater production, eventually signing with RKO. Her Southern accent was called "as sweet and thick as cream". Her first role came in Stage Door (1937) opposite Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, and Adolphe Menjou. She then played Spring Byington's daughter in Jezebel (1938) and subsequent roles include Judge Hardy and Son, Strike Up The Band, Andy Hardy's Private Secretary, and Stage Door Canteen. Her last screen appearance was in Cinderella Jones (1946). She was a member of the American Red Cross, The Daughters of the American Revolution, The March of Dimes, Samaritan's Purse, Alliance Defending Freedom, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.


John Galardi founded the Der Wienerschnitzel, eventually just Wienerschnitzel, chain of restaurants which specialized in hotdog-based fast food. At one time they sponsored the humorous Wiener Nationals, the national dachshund racing championship in the US.


Jeff Hanneman is best-known as a founding member and co-lead guitarist of the thrash metal band Slayer. Hanneman composed both music and lyrics for every Slayer album until his death in 2013. Hanneman's interest in German war medals and Nazi Germany was illustrated by many of his lyrics. He had his own signature guitar, the ESP Jeff Hanneman Signature model.
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Henry Curtner came to California with only $20, and worked as a farm hand. He eventually purchased his own land around Milpitas California, and orchards and cattle ranches in California and Nevada, becoming a millionaire and philanthropist.


A carriage maker from Illinois, William Eddy was a member of the ill-fated Donner Party. He, and 7 others of a group of 17 men and woman, survived a 33-day trek over the Sierras and sent help back to the camp at (now) Donner Lake, though his wife and 2 children had died there.


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Rodney Agatupu Anoaʻi wrestled as Yokozuna in the WWF. Although the Yokozuna character was portrayed as a sumo wrestler, Anoaʻi never competed as an actual sumotori. Though Yokozuna wrestled as a representative of Japan, in real life Anoaʻi was Samoan American and was billed as hailing from Polynesia. He was managed by the Japanese character Mr. Fuji (in reality a Japanese American), who would follow Anoaʻi to the ring with a wooden bucket of salt and waving a Japanese flag. He is a two-time world champion and two-time tag-team champ with partner Owen Hart. He also won the 1993 Royal Rumble. Yokozuna was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012. He weighed 580 lbs at the time of his death from pulmonary edema.


William Clarke was a great blues harmonica player, but spent 20 years working as a machinist before launching his music career. Albums include "Hittin' Heavy" (1978), "Blues From Los Angeles" (1980), "Tip of the Top" (1987), "Rockin' the Boat" (1988) and "Blown' Like Hell' (1990). In 1991, he won the W.C. Handy Award for blues song of the year for "Must Be Jelly" and had six other W.C. Handy Award nominations.


Charlotte Harris played the cello on the Lawrence Welk Show from 1961 to 1978 as the the only female member of the orchestra, and worked on the film Around the World in 80 Days. She later taught at the Deveny Music School which she co-founded with her husband.


SSgt Brian Prosser was among the first casualties in Afghanistan. He died alongside two other soldiers and five anti-Taliban Afghan fighters when a US bomb missed its target. This is a cenotaph as he is actually at Arlington.

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